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Robert W. Williams, PhD, Appointed to
Governor’s Chair in Computational Genomics through
The University of
Memphis, Tenn. (April 29, 2009) – Steve
J. Schwab MD, executive dean of the College of Medicine at the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) and David Millhorn, PhD, executive vice
president for the University of Tennessee system, announce the appointment of
Robert W. Williams, PhD, to the Governor’s Chair in Computational Genomics at UTHSC
and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
appointment is the first Governor’s Chair in this area of specialty to be
awarded to a researcher on the UTHSC and ORNL campuses. Dr. Williams is also the Dunavant Chair of Developmental Genetics in Pediatrics and professor
in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at UTHSC (
Governor’s Chairs are prestigious appointments established by the University of Tennessee (UT) and ORNL. The appointments are given to leaders in science to develop and direct research programs that benefit both institutions. Dr. Williams’ appointment to the Governor’s Chair is a milestone in a long and highly productive collaboration between UT and ORNL in genetics and biomedical research. Awarding a Governor’s Chair to a scientist at UTHSC will solidify and enrich collaborations between UTHSC and world-class research programs at ORNL in computer science, biology, materials science, and energy.
Over the past decade, Dr. Williams has worked closely with colleagues at ORNL in the Systems Genetics and Computational Biology groups. “We have already accomplished great things by collaborating with ORNL at the interface of genetics, radiation biology, computer science, and health science,” Dr. Williams said. “This appointment provides me a much better opportunity to expand collaborations between ORNL and UTHSC. Bridging missions can be highly rewarding. The recent success of the Tennessee Mouse Genome Consortium is one example, and we need to replicate this success,” he stated.
Dr. Williams earned his doctoral degree in physiology
“This is an exciting joint venture between UTHSC and ORNL. Our ability to collaborate and work to each others’ strengths is critical to advancing the science of genomics,” stated Dr Schwab.
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